When did we start believing in Martians? Why did we stop?

Today, we have rovers busily studying the surface of Mars, but 100 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for people to believe that intelligent Martians occupied the Red Planet, and 100 years before that, visions of Moon dwellers danced in many people's heads. Where did these ideas of nearby intelligent extraterrestrials come… » 9/08/13 8:30am 9/08/13 8:30am

Where the Future Came From: A Trip Through the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

What would you do if you had a time machine? Go watch the ancient Egyptian pyramids being built? Hang out with Jesus and turn some water into wine? Kill Hitler, maybe? These are all, no doubt, noble endeavors. But I've often said—and I stand by this—that if I had a time machine, I'd go visit the 1893 World's Fair in… » 7/12/13 3:33pm 7/12/13 3:33pm

Despite his own mental illness, Nikola Tesla advocated eugenics for the…

Nikola Tesla is often cited as geekdom's favorite inventor—advocate of alternating current, pursuer of wireless electricity and the death ray—but some of his beliefs about the future of science and culture wouldn't be quite so popular today. In addition to his predictions about labor-saving robots and his claims that… » 11/17/12 10:00am 11/17/12 10:00am

Does Brad Bird's mysterious new science fiction movie star George…

The mysterious new science fiction project being directed by Brad Bird keeps getting more interesting. First of all, we learn from the Hollywood Reporter that the movie's codename had changed from 1952 to Tesla — which is just a codename, not the official title. But it's still interesting. » 11/11/12 11:45am 11/11/12 11:45am

Watch two warriors battle it out with massive bolts of electricity

Holy crap this is excellent. Many of you are probably familiar with the intimidating crackle and flash of electricity-generating Tesla coils — but watch what happens when you combine them with wearable suits that behave like Faraday cages. It's like watching a shootout between Raiden and Emperor Palpatine. » 11/05/12 6:40am 11/05/12 6:40am

Thanks to The Oatmeal's fundraiser, Tesla's lab is being purchased!

We've been following non-profit the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe's attempts to purchase the Wardenclyffe Tower property, site of inventor Nikola Tesla's last lab. Matthew Inman, creator of the webcomic The Oatmeal, ran an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign back in August to raise money to purchase the property… » 10/07/12 11:30am 10/07/12 11:30am

The Oatmeal's Tesla Museum campaign has totally obliterated its…

Last week, we told you about The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman's mission to purchase the land, laboratory and foundation beneath what was once Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower, and to erect a museum in Tesla's honor. At the time, Inman was gunning to raise $850,000 (to be matched dollar-for-dollar by a grant from New… » 8/26/12 9:50am 8/26/12 9:50am

One of the best tributes to Nikola Tesla we've ever read

Nikola Tesla was a brilliant (if sometimes misunderstood) scientist, tinkerer and genius. Thomas Edison was kind of an exploitative creep. You may already know these things, but The Oatmeal's Matt Inman really drives both points home in his latest webcomic, and does so with the twisted mix of hilarious visual aid and… » 5/17/12 9:10am 5/17/12 9:10am

Remember when Nikola Tesla teamed up with Optimus Prime to battle…

Remember those curious Cthulhu Transformers? Courtesy of IDW Publishing, here's a sneak peek at the second issue of the Infestation 2: Transformers miniseries, which features more tentacled robots and Optimus Prime meeting Tesla. Edison was hanging out with the Gobots, presumably. This issue hits stores Wednesday,… » 2/13/12 11:35am 2/13/12 11:35am

Can wireless electricity kill people?

Probably not. Even when it's nipping at our toes, wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899, Serbian engineer Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. After he flipped the… » 10/02/11 9:40am 10/02/11 9:40am